Search Results: "Stephen Baxter"


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IRON WINTER by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Impressive and worthwhile, but even committed readers will be tempted to skim at times."
Final entry in the alternate-world Northland trilogy (Bronze Summer, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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COALESCENT by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Baxter (Evolution, Feb. 2003, etc.) will never win prizes for style, but he's much more convincing when he writes about physical science and engineering (the Manifold series) than biology: Tepid."
First of a new three-book series, Destiny's Children, imagining the future course of human evolution. Read full book review >

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VOYAGE by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Calling Ron Howard. (Author tour)"
Tom Clancy meets Tom Wolfe as newcomer Baxter crams a shifting cast of dozens into this obsessively researched revision of the American space program, the payoff for which is a manned landing on Mars. Read full book review >

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EMPEROR by Stephen Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"Packed with dryly accurate historical detail and peopled with stock characters, the episodic, overextended narrative trudges along without any heartfelt social or political dimension."
First in a new alternate-history series from the author of Coalescent (2003). Read full book review >

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STONE SPRING by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Jean Auel meets Al Gore—but without Auel's sense of drama and around-the-fire storytelling, and without Gore's skill at popularizing science."
You want climate change? Try living back in the Paleolithic, when proto-Picts prowled, icebergs melted and odd travelers from Jericho ate your store of elk meat and gawked at your daughter uninvited. Read full book review >

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MANIFOLD: TIME by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Too lumpy and fitful to satisfy purely as a novel, but a treat for readers who revel in scientific extrapolation taken to an almost inconceivable extreme."
First entry in a hypercomplicated, hard-science trilogy, from the author of Moonseed (1998), etc. After washing out of NASA's astronaut training program, Reid Malenfant ("bad child") sets up the Bootstrap corporation, intending to lure humans into space with the promise of the limitless natural resources available there. Read full book review >

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EVOLUTION by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Infotainment: glum, dyspeptic, and depressing."
Bulky assemblage—it's a stretch to call this a novel—of animated dioramas endeavoring to illustrate the story of primate evolution. Read full book review >

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THE LONG COSMOS by Terry Pratchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Scientist Baxter's naturally rather pedantic and dispassionate tone needed more of the warmth and wit of the late fantasist Pratchett (who died in 2015)."
Final installment of the series (The Long Utopia, 2015, etc.) wherein Earth is one of an indefinite sequence of worlds occupying the same space but separated by some higher dimension (one can almost hear Pratchett murmur, "Nobody knew for certain, but it was probably quantum"). Read full book review >

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SILVERHAIR by Stephen Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"An improbable yarn, stuffed with mammoth facts and lore, that's both absorbing and sometimes affecting."
First of a projected science fiction trilogy from the England-resident author of Moonseed (1998). Read full book review >

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EXULTANT by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Rivals Asimov in its boundless vision for the future evolution of humanity."
The good news is that somebody figured out how to stop a millennia-long human-alien conflict. The bad news is they might destroy the universe doing it. Read full book review >

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BRONZE SUMMER by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Gripping, well researched and sharply intelligent."
The saga of Northland, a sophisticated hunter-gatherer civilization thriving behind a vast wall shielding it from the invading waters of the North Sea (Stone Spring, 2011), continues in a tumultuous alternate 1159 B.C. Read full book review >

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LONGTUSK by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 12, 2001

"Sometimes affecting if often uncomfortably similar to the first installment, especially in the enslavement scenes; mammoth fans, though, will certainly want to continue their acquaintanceship."
Second volume (following Silverhair, 1999) of Baxter's trilogy, previously published in Britain. Read full book review >